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May 2023 II

April 27, 2023

This is the outline we’re using as our template for writing about astroevents. If you want to look ahead a little, and this format speaks to you, go for it.

Version II (this one) includes the Initiation of New Cycles. When planets turn Retrograde and repeat Conjunctions three or more times, the first Conjunction Initiates a New Cycle. A useful metaphor is to think of the Initiating (slower) planet as the Guru giving Shaktipat to the faster planet as if to a Disciple.

The Initiating slower planet provides the Cycle’s Root Message, and the Initiated faster planet becomes the Herald galloping over hill and dale to “Shout it to the Populace,” including the non-Huper and allegedly “Inanimate” Populace. Slower planets Live Deeper in the Solar System (furthur from the Sun), so their influence Lives Deeper in our Psyche. They’re the Heavies.

Initiations are often “Can-Openers” that can Shock us by Opening a New “Can of Worms” that we may not have Felt coming, especially if we weren’t Paying Attention to impending astroevents. If we are Paying Attention, we can often Identify the Energy of the New Cycle as the Initiation approaches, reducing our Surprise or Shock.

Subsequent Conjunctions in the “set” are considered “Expositions” because each one Exposes more about the New Cycle. The final Conjunction of the set is considered a “Confidence-Builder” because by then we Recognize the Energy as it’s Intensifying, and we know we’re Prepared for it.

The best way to Prepare for impending Can-Openers, is to look back over your Experiences with previous Can-Openers of Cycles of the same two planets. When a Transiting (in the Sky now) planet crosses one of your Natal planets, the Can-Opener/Exposition/Confidence-Builder sequence also applies, and again, reviewing previous occurrences of the same Transits are your most effective Homework.

The Energy of a New Cycle is Strongest just before the Initiation and during the Expositions, if there are any. The Energy then turns Underground while it eats its Spinach and Oats. Since Letting Go is not a forte of Western Culture, this period often features an apparent Regrowth of the Energy of the previous Cycle, as those still invested in that Energy try to recoup as much Value as they can from it.

You see that clearly today with the Oil and Coal Industries clamoring for Attention and more Excess Profits, despite our having passed in February 2022 the Initiation of the New Clean-Energy Cycle between dwarf planets Pholus (Being Fully Responsive to…) and Quaoar (…our Survival Instincts).

At the Waxing Square, when the Herald planet is one fourth of the way around the Zodiac ahead of the Guru planet, the New Cycle Energy bursts into Mainstream Attention. That’s 90 Degrees ahead of the Transiting slower planet, not 90 Degrees ahead of the Degree of Initiation. The Cycle’s Energy Blooms at the Opposition, Fruits at the Phitile (222½ Degrees), then Declines until the approach of the next Initiation.

After the Waning Square (when the Herald planet is 90 Degrees behind the Guru planet), the Cycle drops into the Void, and our Task is to begin Cleaning Away the Artifacts of the Cycle, especially the Egoic Artifacts, so we’re prepared to Lead the Shift to the next Cycle.

A Powerful way to Play these Cycles is to Minimize your Reliance on the Dying Cycle after it’s Waning Square, especially any Egoic Reliance you have on it, and Rev Up your Attention to the Energy of the New Cycle. For instance, the pre-Initiation near-Conjunctions between Pholus and Quaoar came within one Degree in March 2018, a few months before Greta began her school protests.

So we had four years to increase our time and energy Investment in Clean Energy before it began to be taken seriously (to the extent that it has) by the adults in the room. Once the Initiation has passed, we can take advantage of the fat and increasing dividends from the Old-Cycle Oil companies, as they milk as much as they can from their sunk Investments, and use those to increase our Investment in the New Cycle.

When working with Degree Symbols
(eg. Chandra or Sabian),
Degrees are always rounded up.

OOB = Out of Bounds.

Stations are in Bold.
OOB and Initiations in Italics.
Major Initiations in Bold Italic.
New/Full Moons in Bold Italic.
Sign Changes in Regular Type.
5/1Moon is In Bounds
Sedna Initiates Juno in 30 Taurus
Pluto Stationary Retrograde 1 Aquarius

5/2Juno enters Gemini4:50
5/3Arachne enters Taurus
Damocles Initiates Magdalena in 4 Pisces
Karma enters Pisces
5/4Gonggong Initiates Saturn in 6 Pisces0:00
5/5Mars In Bounds 22 Cancer
Full Moon 15 Scorpio
5/6Ceres Stationary Direct 24 Virgo
Narcissus backs into Libra
5/7Moon OOB South 4 Sagittarius
Venus OOB enters Cancer
5/11Moon In Bounds 8 Aquarius 14:51
5/12Altjira OOB Initiates Pan OOB in 18 Gemini12:01
5/13Chiron Initiates Atropos in 18 Aries9:23
5/14Ganesa Returns In Bounds8:48
5/15Mercury Stationary Direct 6 Taurus3:16
5/16Sedna Initiates Nemesis in 30 Taurus
Varuna OOB Initiates Pallas in 6 Leo

Jupiter enters Taurus
Nemesis enters Gemini

5/17Chariklo Stationary Retrograde 14 Aquarius
Thereus Stationary Direct 12 Virgo
5/18Saturn Initiates Magdalena 7 Pisces5:33
5/19New Moon 29 Taurus15:53
5/20Moon OOB North 4 Gemini
Mars enters Leo
5/21Tantalus Stationary Retrograde 23 Aquarius15:00
5/22Pholus Conjunct Quaoar Retrograde in Capricorn 9
Gonggong Initiates Karma in 6 Pisces
5/23Nessus Initiates Pandora in 19 Pisces
Nessus Initiates Klotho in 19 Pisces
Eurydike OOB backs into Scorpio
5/25Moon In Bounds 8 Leo5:26
5/26Asbolus OOB Initiates Moira in 29 Gemini
Saturn Initiates Karma in 7 Pisces
5/27Jupiter Init. Mean N. Node 6½-yr in 3 Taurus
Chaos OOB enters Cancer
5/28Orcus Stationary Direct 14 Virgo4:59
5/29Eris Initiates Atropos in 26 Aries
Damocles Stationary Retrograde 4 Pisces
5/30Samadhi enters Virgo
Uranus Initiates Vesta in 21 Taurus
5/31Icarus Out of Bounds
Moira enters Cancer
6/1Chaos OOB Initiates Moira in 1 Cancer
Gonggong Stationary Retrograde 6 Pisces
Veritas Initiates Venus OOB in 27 Cancer
Venus In Bounds 27 Cancer
6/2Jupiter Init. True N. Node 6½yr in 4 Taurus0:00
6/3Moon OOB South 4 Sagittarius11:22
6/4Asbolus OOB Initiates Pan OOB 29 Gemini20:27
6/5Venus enters Leo13:46
6/7Moon In Bounds 8 Aquarius20:26
6/8Pan OOB enters Cancer
Chaos OOB Initiates Pan OOB 1 Cancer
6/9Sisyphus OOB enters Virgo9:25
6/11Pluto backs into Capricorn9:35
6/12Hopi OOB Stationary Direct 15 Libra21:06

Happy Lunar New Year 3

January 26, 2020

An occasional reader Asks,

“Here’s what I want to know in these dark days when [the Influence of the Antichrist] seems to be spreading worldwide: when is the Age of Aquarius?”

These are 2,150-year “Ages,” so they don’t Shift on a dime.  We’re more Comfortable with Discrete Changes than we are with Gradual Changes, however, so even if we Recognize that Change is usually Incremental, we’d like to have a hard date so we know when to Celebrate Birthdays, don’t we.  Our post on Happy Lunar New Year, at, proposed several possible dates – May 2023, 25 February 2020, 25 January 2020, 2 March 2020.

But Aquarius is Fixed Air, which we can translate as Rigid Ideology.  From that perspective, it began on 1 January 2000, when the New Century chart indicated Polarity (the Grand Cross, with its Saturn-Uranus and Pallas-Neptune Oppositions) as one of the four defining characteristics of the Century.  Fortunately, Enlightenment was another (the Sabian Symbol for the Initiation of the then-new Chiron-Pluto Cycle).  It probably wouldn’t hurt to review that chart, so we can review the other two defining characteristics as well.

The Digital Age, which is replacing the Industrial Age, begins at the Capricorn (Northern Winter) Solstice, 2020 (Initiation of the second of twenty Jupiter-Saturn Cycles in Air Signs).  The promise of the Digital Age is that “Work” will no longer be necessary for us, because the Machines will do it all.  That’s a pipe dream, obviously, based on our Experience, but once the Digital Age goes Exponential – which it will, and surprisingly soon – that may Change.

For this to work, for The People as well as The Owners, the Machines must be Publicly Owned.  The Founders and CEOs can be minority owners if they haven’t Learned to Share yet, as long as most of the profits are distributed to The People.  The People also have to stop Worshiping Mammon, or They won’t be Willing to Share, either.  There is Talk of Jubilee and Universal Income, which is positive, but The People haven’t demonstrated yet that They understand much of this.

That’s if The People Survive.  Climate Change is the Grey Swan here.  If we pull another Atlantis, what would the Age of Aquarius even mean?  That we’re Underwater?  Why does Aquarius pour Water over everything, anyway?  Because Fixed Air is a Skeptic?  Skepticism will only Freeze us into What Already Is.  The People might start to get Serious about Climate Change in 2022 (when the new Pholus-Quaoar [Responsibility/Survival] Cycle is Initiated, at 8 Capricorn on 2 February 2022.  That’s 2/2/2022, which resolves to 10, the Wheel of Fortune; another chart we need to Examine).

Our Survival Zeitgeist then shifts from “Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge Oak tree: The power of tradition as it shelters the beginnings of individual self-expression” (the Sabian Symbol for the 11 Leo Initiation of the previous, 12 October 1901, Pholus-Quaoar Cycle) to “In a Sun-lit home domesticated Birds sing joyously: The wholesome happiness which subservience to the ideals and patterns of a well-established culture brings to those who accept them unreservedly (the Sabian Symbol for 8 Capricorn).”

Based on this, if we see “the Influence of the Antichrist” as anti-Democratic, maybe Robotic Obedience to Cultural Propaganda is our Best Option.  To a Culture that requires everyone to spend an hour a day with their thumb in the dike, for instance.  Someone might even invent a Culture that’s based on Universal Acceptance of Other People’s Ideas.  Wouldn’t that be Radical.  They’d have to outlaw the Idea that certain Other People, however defined, need to be Killed, probably enforced with Capital Punishment.  See how quickly Mentality – and Fixed Air – shoots itself in the foot?

If we look at what Hupers actually Do, rather than what they Profess, we see how we’re Herd Animals, who often violently Resist an Idea until enough Other People come to Accept the Idea.  Once we Realize that continuing our Resistance will lead to our Abandonment, we often relent.  As a Social Species, except for Indigenous Cultures that Train for the eventuality, Hupers equate Abandonment with Death, because they’ve Forgotten how to Survive Alone, and have themselves Abandoned the Intuitive Energies (such as the “Gods” Quaoar or Makemake) who would Teach them how.

We also know that Hupers generally prefer to Conserve Energy, wanting to keep their Investments producing as long as possible.  Consequently, few of them jump right onto the bandwagon when a New Cycle Begins.  Instead, they argue that the New Cycle Ain’t Natural, and, once the Initial Excitement about it begins to subside, most folks start to Deny that the New Cycle will prevail, and Act as though the Old Cycle still reigns.  Until the New Cycle reaches the point where Denial is no longer possible (the Waxing Square of the Cycle).

From that Perspective, the dates we gave in the first paragraph of this post, could be our best guesses (since they’re Waxing Squares).

Another feature of Huperity and its psychology, is that while Mentality is Dualistic, the Unconscious is not.  Of course folks who Deny the Invisible are prone to Deny the Unconscious, but that’s their loss.  While the public media and most of our other discourse is Dualistic, our Behavior isn’t.  Most of us Say one thing and Do the opposite, because we’re trying to Convince ourself that we aren’t “one of those people who” Do that.  Once we Recognize that, then our approach to astrology is drastically different.

Aquarius is no longer necessarily Rigid Ideologies, it could just as easily mean The Antithesis of Rigid Ideologies.  That might mean The End of Judgment.  That could produce Universal Acceptance of Other People.  That would probably require the Opening of Hearts.  It could even produce Respect for All Things, even for the Consciousness inherent in Nature and in supposedly Inanimate Things.

That would drastically Change our approach to Climate Change, since Lack of Respect for the Consciousness inherent in Nature and in supposedly Inanimate Things is what has Created not just Climate Change, but all of the other Abuses of the Planet and Her discounted non-Huper Citizens as well.

So maybe the Age of Aquarius isn’t so much a Mass phenomenon as an Individual one.  Maybe it begins for each of us as soon as we Open our Hearts, Eschew Judgment, and start Respecting All Things, Animate or not.  If so, it could begin today.

Indeed, Marilyn Raffaele’s Arcturian Channeling for today suggests,

Allow your spiritual journey to unfold without limitations that consist of nothing more than concepts and beliefs based on the experiences of others for every person’s inner journey is individual and authentic. 

“Allow, by truly accepting that you are not the person you believed yourself to be, but are a Divine Being, an expression of Source Consciousness who formed for yourself a physical body in order to work and live in the denser energies of earth – a three dimensional interpretation of the real body, one of energy and Light.
“You are more than ready to identify with the reality of who and what you are – Self-sustained, Self-maintained Divine Consciousness.  Within ‘Self-sustained and Self-maintained’ exists every Divine Reality, everything ever believed to be lacking – abundance, harmony, wholeness, safety, security,  peace, completeness, intelligence, companionship – ad infinitum – just awaiting conscious recognition.  This is the secret of life, the holy grail, hidden in plain sight where most never think to look – within.
“Divine qualities have always been and can only be fully present within every individual simply because Divine Consciousness is all that exists, manifesting ITself in infinite forms.  Beliefs of duality and separation have created a collective consciousness that believes itself separate from other people, animals, plants and all living things as well as from God.  The ups and downs, good and bad experiences of daily living are simply duality in expression for there is no unexpressed consciousness.
“This is the work – ‘What am I holding as truth in my consciousness?’
“The three dimensional experience is like someone having a large bank account that they are unaware of and so live in poverty and need.  However, each day more people are waking up to realize that much they have always accepted as true regarding every facet of daily life is simply not true.  It is at this point that food, entertainment, activities, and desires,  begin to lose their appeal and we begin our journey toward our as of yet unknown ‘bank account’.”

Then we’d have to Ask, Where’s asteroid Hopi in all this, since Hopi is all about Respect for All Things.  Well, turns out that Hopi is part of the “Bowl of Grace” or Trine Bridges that underlie the Makemake T-Square in the 24 January New Moon chart and help make it Self-Resolving.  Which is to say that, with Uranus/Soul, it’s one foot of the Finger of God to Makemake.  Hopi Conjoins dwarf Planet OR10; in fact, that Conjunction, and Initiation of a New five-year Cycle, is Exact today, as we speak.  A Hopi-OR10 Cycle is about the Voices in our heads that whisper about Respect for All Things

This one begins at 4 Pisces, “Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seasonal resorts: The mobility and intensity of interchanges which make possible and characterize complex social processes.”  Yes, Respect for All Things gets horrendously Complex.  Do I apologize to the Bread, or to the Toaster, when I burn my Toast?  For a start, we definitely need to Listen a lot more!  Sounds like an improvement though, from the previous March 2014 3 Pisces Cycle, “Petrified tree trunks lie broken on desert sand: The power to preserve records of their achievements which is inherent in fully mature cultures.”  Which records are of course tantamount to the Ghosts of the Past.

Marilyn continues…

Never attempt to reclaim the past dear ones, for once the lesson of some experience is complete, it is no longer needed.  As you shift into ever higher states of awareness,  you are no longer in alignment with much of your past.   

Some attempt to re-create the past, clinging to nostalgia for the ‘good old days’ in the belief that these times were better  but which in reality held the same dense and negative issues the world is witnessing today.  In general, the unawakened majority of earlier times surrendered their personal power to others, thus allowing the same dense and negative issues of today to be ignored, denied, or covered up.”